Making sure our waterproof and water-repellant products perform isn’t just a matter of safety. It’s also about building a product that prioritises longevity so gear stays in play and out of landfills. That’s why it has taken us time to transition to PFC-free materials. These less-impactful chemistries have required a strategic and thoughtful application as well as close collaboration with our supply chain partners.
Since that journey began, we have dramatically reduced the use of PFCs across our product lines, using these chemistries only when select products require it. Between 2013 and 2016, we were able to fully phase out the use of long-chain (C8) fluorocarbon-based treatments in DWR, guided by studies that demonstrated C8’s negative impacts on environmental and human health. Instead, we began using C6, a shorter-chain fluorocarbon that, at the time, was considered a less harmful chemistry. After our switch, new research emerged showing that C6 is just as detrimental. That’s when we decided to move to 100% PFC-free.
In Fall 2019, we launched our first suite of products with PFC-free DWR, and in 2021, we introduced our first 100% PFC-free technical alpine products—the Men’s and Women’s Dual Aspect Jacket and Bibs, which eliminate PFCs from both the DWR coating as well as the water-repellent membrane.
In Fall 2022, 78% of Patagonia’s materials with water-repellent chemistries are PFC-free.
(Making sure your waterproof and water-repellent gear stays that way means giving it the proper care it needs. Remember, a clean shell is a happy shell. Check out our product care guide for tips.)